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West suburban school districts cry foul over proposed PE mandate, saying it will cost millions and cut academic classes

Holmes said she’ll hold off on proceeding with her legislation until she and the other bill drafters can find ways to provide more flexibility for schools. The goal of the proposal, she said, is to improve student success in class and on tests as well as stem the growing child obesity trend, she said.

When drafting the legislation, Holmes said the idea was to push for minutes rather than days to give schools more flexibility and to implement a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC studies show students who partake in physical education have improved grades and better standardized test scores and it helps them stay on-task in the classroom.

“The real problem is nobody wants a mandate,” she said said of her legislation. “It is a work in progress.”

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«June 2019»

Gov. J.B. Pritzker vowed to ‘think big’ as a candidate, but is his agenda too big? Lawmakers will decide this week.

J.B. Pritzker said it was “time to think big” to deal with the state’s challenges when he introduced himself to Illinois voters as a candidate for governor in a TV ad a little more than two years ago.

Now, five months into office, the Democratic governor finds himself just days away from lawmakers deciding the fate of his “think big” agenda. With the spring legislative session scheduled for a May 31 adjournment, the outcome figures to have a significant impact not only on the state but on the governor’s political future.

Pritzker vowed to change the income tax system and legalize sports betting and recreational marijuana. He proposed a series of tax hikes to balance the budget and unveiled a massive public works construction program with its own accompanying tax increases.

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Will Co. Board Member Mark Ferry Fundraiser

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Illinois Senate approves legalizing sports betting, gambling expansion and funding for nearly $45 billion capital construction plan

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